J.J. Henry poised for career-best finish at Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial

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Fort Worth resident J.J. Henry is poised for a career-best finish at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

Henry, a former TCU All-America, is four shots off the lead with a score of 203. His best performance in 11 previous Colonial appearances is a tie for 22nd.

“All in all I played really well today,” said Henry, who shot a 67 Saturday. “The wind was kind of swirling out there and I hit a lot of really good shots.”

“If I continue to ball-strike like I did today, and make some putts, you know, I got a low one in me. We’ll see what happens.”

Putter gets a reprieve

Colonial rookie and former Fort Worth Paschal High player John Peterson said he planned to destroy his putter — until he made a 37-foot birdie on the 18th hole for his second consecutive 71.

“I was going to break my putter, I told my caddie,” Peterson said. “I guess we won’t break it now.”

Still, he’d like to find the magic that led to an opening-round 64.

“I was burning edges and I was hitting good putts,” said Peterson, whose 206 score is seven off the lead. “Then once I started getting frustrated then I started burning edges and hitting bad putts.

“I just need to go putt. I’m doing everything well, I’m just not scoring at all. The last two days I could have been six, seven under.”

Within reach

Defending champion Zach Johnson continued his quiet ascent up the leader board, shooting a 68 Saturday to move within three shots of the lead after 54 holes with a score of 202.

Johnson, who also won in 2010, said he likes where he’s at heading into the final day of competition.

“I’m in a position to make a move tomorrow,” he said. “I’m doing good things. I just have to keep doing them.”

Over again

For the second consecutive day, first-round leader Ryan Palmer finished over par.

“Tomorrow, you never know,” Palmer said. “I think I still [have] a chance. I’m still in it. Tomorrow, I’ll come out guns blazing.”

The Colleyville resident shot 61 Thursday but carded a 71 Saturday, which was slightly better than his second-round 72.

Overton disqualified

Jeff Overton was disqualified Saturday for using a practice training aid while waiting to tee off on No. 11.

“It’s pretty clear in the book that you can’t do that,” PGA Tour rules official Mark Russell said. “You can go to a designated practice area and chip and putt if you’d like while you are waiting to play. But you cannot use an artificial device.”

Wacky weather

Scattered storms, swirling winds and overall inconsistent weather made the course considerably tougher to play Saturday than the previous two days.

The field produced a total of 16 bogey-free rounds Thursday and Friday, but Tommy Gainey, who shot a 67 Saturday, had the lone bogey-free effort in the third round.

“The conditions were definitely more challenging,” 54-hole leader Matt Kuchar said. “Today felt at least double the wind.”

Staff writer Christian Clark contributed to this report.

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